CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you will start seeing pink everywhere, as people show their support for those dealing with this condition.
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death among women, with approximately one in eight women being diagnosed at some point in their lifetime.
Dr. Michelle Helms of Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton told 22News that women should screen themselves at least once a month, and consult with their personal doctors about mammograms.
“In general, we as breast surgeons begin a screening mammo at age 40, and proceed thereafter. It’s a great discussion to have with your primary care doctor as to how often that should be every one or two years forward,” Helms said.
Helms said that breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, with approximately 300,000 being diagnosed this year.
Three million women are breast cancer survivors, so while Helms said that breast cancer is very frequent, it is treatable.